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In a significant move towards combating climate change, Saudi Arabia, represented by the Ministry of Energy, has officially become a member of the Global CCS Institute,

demonstrating a firm commitment to scaling up carbon capture and storage technology (CCS). This strategic decision underlines Saudi Arabia’s dedication to addressing the climate challenge through collaboration, innovation, and the adoption of proven technologies. With a diversified approach aimed at reducing carbon emissions, Saudi Arabia has set an ambitious target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2060.


The CCS Technology Revolution


Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, emphasized the pivotal role of CCS in driving a low-emission transition across diverse and emissions-intensive industries. The Saudi government’s announcement in 2022 to develop one of the world’s largest CCS hubs in Jubail industrial city by 2035 is a testament to their commitment. This ambitious project aims to mitigate a staggering 44 million tons of CO2 annually.


Collaboration for a Greener Future


Recognizing the complexity and scale of such climate projects, Minister Abdulaziz highlighted the importance of partnerships and region-specific expertise. Saudi Arabia’s membership in the Global CCS Institute is set to further enhance their efforts. This collaboration will provide valuable knowledge and support for realizing the ambitious goals of carbon capture and storage.


Global CCS Institute’s Praise and Commitment


The Global CCS Institute, boasting a diverse membership of over 200 entities from 33 countries, including 13 government members, has welcomed Saudi Arabia with open arms. CEO Jarad Daniels expressed enthusiasm about Saudi Arabia’s transition from CCS ambition to action. The Kingdom is preparing to develop large-scale projects with the capacity to capture and store millions of tons of CO2, positioning itself as a CCS leader in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.


Driving CCS Capacity Building


Collaboration between the Saudi Ministry of Energy and the Global CCS Institute is set to drive CCS capacity building. This is a crucial step because, although there are over 250 CCS facilities in various stages of development globally, this number will need to increase by a staggering 100-fold to meet international climate targets by mid-century.


Saudi Arabia’s Unique Advantage


Saudi Arabia’s geological storage capacity is a unique asset that positions the country as an excellent candidate for CCS deployment and industrial decarbonization. With the support of the Global CCS Institute, Saudi Arabia is well on its way to becoming a global leader in CCS technology, contributing significantly to the worldwide effort to combat climate change.




Saudi Arabia’s entry into the Global CCS Institute marks a pivotal moment in the fight against climate change. Their commitment to carbon capture and storage technology underscores their dedication to a sustainable and greener future. By collaborating with the Global CCS Institute and leveraging their unique geological advantages, Saudi Arabia is poised to be a leader in CCS technology, not only in the MENA region but on the global stage. This partnership brings hope that a low-emission transition and a net-zero future are achievable goals for nations across the world.

Wasim Qadri
Wasim Qadri
Islamabad based Senior Journalist, TV Show Host, Media Trainer, can be follow on twitter @jaranwaliya

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